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EPAs: Guyana pulls ahead of its neighbours


Thursday, 26 April 2012

EPAs: Guyana pulls ahead of its neighbours

In the opinion of Jolita Butkeviciene, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Directorate General for EuropeAid Development and Cooperation (DEVCO),  Guyana has pulled ahead of its Caribbean neighbours in the implementation of aspects of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Her statements came following her visit to Guyana alongside a team to assess country’s cooperation with the EU. She was also accompanied by the head of the Delegation of the EU to Guyana, Ambassador Robert Kopecky, and  met with President Donald Ramotar.
She has recognized that Guyana’s views on the EPA have been well represented during the negotiations, and said that there are signs the country is benefitting from the deal. Notably, she announced that 75 million Euros are ready for disbursement in accordance with the priorities of the Guyanese government.
Guyana has recently started negotiations with the EU on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) that will ensure that only legally harvested timber enters the market. This is intended to lead to better monitoring with the aim of ensuring that timber harvesting is conducted according to international standards.

Source: National Communications Network Guyana